Chele la Nature Trek Bhutan - 12 Days

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    12 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    3950 m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Paro

  • Trip Ends At

    Paro

  • Transport

    Flight and private vehicle.

  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Chele la Nature Trek Bhutan Overview

The Chele La Trek is a popular trekking route in Bhutan, a total of 12 days, which takes you all the way up to the Chele La pass (3700 meters).

The trekking trail goes through the forest filled with blooming primula plants, dense rhododendron trees, steep ascents and descents crossing several villages and towns of Bhutan.

We come across several monasteries, will see stunning landscapes, lush green forest, a peaceful environment, and spectacular and eye-catching views of Mount Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang mountains.

Rated as moderate level in trip grade, 3-4 hrs of minimum walk every day is required for the trek, nevertheless, first-timers can also enjoy the trek with proper guidance.

Shortly after you land at Paro, you go sightseeing. The next day you drive to Chonana followed by Jebkarpo, Lower Mingula, Thong, Thimpu, Punakha or Wangdiphodrang, and finally back to Paro. Lastly, you take a connecting flight back to your home.

Note: Nepal runs a couple of regular flights on a daily basis is the easiest route to Bhutan, hence you can extend and enjoy a couple of days by exploring Nepal too. Check out our Nepal Bhutan Tour Packages.

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival at Paro.

🕑 30 min private drive.

Max Altitude: 2200 m

After arrival at Paro, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will greet, meet and transfer you to the hotel where you will be staying overnight. During the flight, you will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other famous Himalayan peaks.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Sightsee Paro

🕑 4-5 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2200 m

After breakfast drive to the National Museum. Visit the Rinpung and Drugyal Dzong. Also, visit Kyichu Monastery which is located between Drugyal Dzong and Paro town.

Later in the evening, we will have last minutes discussion of trek and a short briefing about out upcoming days.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3: Trek to Chonana

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 3100 m

After breakfast, you will drive to Olathang from where we will begin our trek. Most of the days walk is a gradual climb through the pine forests. Along the trail, we pass through some beautiful farmhouses built in a typical Bhutanese architect. The view of the Paro valley from the trail is also excellent.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Guest House

Day 4: Trek to Jebkarpo

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3650 m

Today, we will be moving uphill most of the day with good rest and cross the Chele La pass (3700m). The trail goes through the forest filled with Primula, rhododendron and many other species of plants and trees. 

After crossing the pass, the trail goes along the ridge of Chele La with a clear view of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 5: Trek to Lower Mingula

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3750 m

After early breakfast, we will follow the ridge valley trail which offers great mountain scenery  of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshrim Gang and bird eyes views of Paro and Haa valley. We will take gradual step by step taking pictures, enjoying the scenery and strop for lunch before reaching Lower Mingula.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 6: Trek to Thong

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3650 m

This day will also offer excellent views of the mountains and valleys, sometimes come across a Yak herder’s camp. We can visit one of the camps and enjoy their company. As a tradition, they will offer butter tea or Chang (local wine).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 7: Short descend to Drukgyel and drive to Thimpu via Paro.

🕑 2 hrs trek and 2-3 hrs drive.

Max Altitude: 2400 m

Today, we will have a short descend through the pine forest up to Drukgyal Dzong and drive to Paro. The trail will descend all the way through pine and rhododendron forest. After delicious lunch, we will drive towards Thimpu.

Drive to Thimphu is 2-3 hours and will be a pleasant one mainly due to the luxurious Japanese transportation and well-maintained road throughout Bhutan. Upon arrival check into our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 8: Thimphu Sightseeing

🕑 5-6 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2334 m

After breakfast, there will be a full day of sightseeing around Thimphu. We next visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15-century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" (national animal of Bhutan) and drive further down with a good view of the Thimphu valley. 

We also make a visit to Tashichho Dzong, Handicrafts Emporium, Painting and woodcraft school, the Memorial Chorten National Library and Simtokha Dzong.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9: Drive to Punakha and Explore

🕑 3-4 hrs drive

Max Altitude: 1242 m

After a scenic drive in the morning, we will reach Punakha - former capital of Bhutan. Here we visit the Dzongs, as well as other interesting sites and return back to Thimpu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 10: Scenic Drive to Paro

🕑 2 hrs drive

Max Altitude: 2200 m

Good leisure time to stroll Thimpu in the morning. After lunch, drive to Paro and en route visit Simtokha Dzong (the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 AD). Evening visit a traditional farmhouse which offers an opportunity to mingle with local and to get an idea on their lifestyle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 11: Paro sightseeing

🕑 3-4 Hrs

Max Altitude: 3120 m

Drive to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world.  It is located on the cliffside of the upper Paro valley and has been a symbol of representing Bhutan almost everywhere. 

You are free to explore the local markets for souvenirs later in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12: Final Departure

🕑 30 min drive to airport

Max Altitude: 2200 m

On the final day when you are going to bid farewell to the lovely place, we hope you will have some of the best times by planning your journey with us. Take your final flight out of Bhutan from the Paro Airport.

Himalayan trekkers have always given top priority to their guests and your trip to Bhutan will be marked with beautiful memories. Be it arranging food and lodging or taking you to the best sites or departing to the airport, we Himalayan trekkers will set your trip in such a way that you are going to remember every time.

(note: you can extend your trip to other Himalayan nations or plan to explore other beautiful Himalaya countries with your friends and family members).  

Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop in a comfy vehicle
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • All Meals as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • Entrance Fees
  • English speaking Guide and Driver fees.
  • Welcome or Farewell Dinner as per you convinence
  • All Government Taxes

Excludes

  • International Airfares to Paro and Airport tax
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Drive
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslides, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.

Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Paro, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.

For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

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